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5 Fun Facts About April 10 In Nebraska History

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1. In 1866, the first homesteaders arrived in Nebraska. The Homestead Act of 1862 provided individuals with 160 acres of public land, allowing families to start a new life in the Great Plains.

2. The town of Kearney was founded on April 10, 1872. Named after General Philip Kearny, Kearney became an important railroad stop and center for agriculture in Nebraska.

3. Nebraska's first state capitol building was completed on April 10, 1882. The three-story building in Lincoln was constructed of locally quarried limestone and served as the seat of government until the current capitol was built in 1932.

4. On April 10, 1932, Nebraska Governor Charles W. Bryan signed a bill legalizing the sale of 3.2% beer. This followed the repeal of Prohibition at the federal level, and allowed Nebraskans to purchase beer with a lower alcohol content.

5. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln held its first "Earth Day" celebration on April 10, 1970. Thousands of students and community members gathered on campus to participate in environmental demonstrations and celebrate the natural world.
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